Sunday, November 27, 2011

FL GOP Legislature: Rich Men Who Cheat Will Be Protected

Because if there is ever an oppressed class, its unfaithful wealthy men...

This is also an example of how bad gerrymandering has gotten in this state. Even during the large red wave of conservative activism last year, a constitutional amendment to end the practice was passed with a supermajority of voters. (Although the FL legislature is spending millions to overturn it.)

They are angry that idiot legislators like Ritch Workman (R-Melbourne) are very, very safe and win big.

SO safe, he can pitch DWARF-TOSSING as a jobs bill.

So safe, that this SOB is now putting forth a horrible bill with the sole purpose of protecting rich men who cheat on their wives.

The bill would:

-Forbid judges from considering adultery when they determine alimony.

-Put a cap on the amount and the length of time its paid.

-Allow any and all PREVIOUS divorce agreements to be reopened and renegotiated.

I'm sure this is completely unrelated... but Rich Workman just finalized his own divorce 8 DAYS after filing this travesty of a bill. Any guesses the reason for that divorce? Anyone?

Don't think for a second this doesn't stand a chance of passage. We have a super majority Republican legislature that backs this stupidity... with many of them from the "moral values" crowd who are either currently divorced or even going through the process right now.

Divorce lawyers stand to make a fortune in reopening claims--and there is a niche industry in Central Florida that cater to wealthy men who don't want to support their wives or children. (If you live here, you've seen the bill boards). And then, of course, you need to understand the powerful lobby groups, such as Fathers and Family, Florida Alimony Reform, etc., who represent rich, divorced fathers. (I hear Newt is a fan.)

Last year's session of the FL legislature served only to make the vast majority of us suffer. Forced ultrasounds, schools cut to the bone, and voting rights destroyed just to name a few.

Unfortunately, this awful bill, which even Workman admits he didn't think through, will likely be one of many torture sessions we must endure before election next November.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Christmas 2011: Ebeneezer Scrooge is the GOP Hero

Bill Maher:

And finally, since it's our last show before the holidays, New Rule: someone needs to explain to the Republicans that Ebenezer Scrooge is supposed to be the bad guy. And before conservatives start whining about another "War on Christmas", they must admit they hate everything about Christmas. Because brotherhood, good will toward men, and especially charity make their skin crawl.
Now this week, Michele Bachmann proposed cutting huge holes in the federal safety net, demonstrating a total misunderstanding of the concept of a net. Here's what she said.

MICHELE BACHMANN (11/7/2011): Self-reliance means if anyone will not work, neither should he eat.

Merry Christmas to you too, crazy lady. Yeah, that's the first thing I think whenever self-reliance comes up: punishment by starvation.

Honestly, who could hear that statement, and not think of Scrooge, who in A Christmas Carol, suggests that if the poor don't want to go to the workhouse, they should get on with dying as a service to population control. Now if Herman Cain said that at a Republican debate, he would get a standing ovation. And say what you want about Ebenezer Scrooge, he never shoved Bob Cratchit's head into his groin and said, "Look, you want Christmas off or not?"

(wild audience applause)

Newt Gingrich refers to Obama as the "Food Stamp President", because Obama doesn't want children to starve to death, fuckin' commie.

Mitt Romney says we should let all the people about to lose their homes, lose them. And they can just become renters. Ownership society? Meet "No pets, no waterbeds". Mitt said the same thing a few years ago when the automobile industry was tottering: "Let it die".

I find it ironic that Republicans have such disdain for the lazy, and yet their solution to every problem is "do nothing".

Their answer to wealth inequality? Do nothing.

Health care? Do nothing.

Climate change? Nothing.

Racism? Doesn't exist.

For a group of people so head over heels in love with self-reliance, they sure do recommend a lot of sitting on their ass.

If A Christmas Carol was performed by the Tea Party Dramatic Society, it would be a cautionary tale about how the hero, Scrooge, a blameless job creator, is turned into a socialist through the corrupting influence of Tiny Tim. And the play would end with a simple plaintive question from Mr. Scrooge: "Just how much of my wealth does Mr. Tim think he's entitled to?"

And that is the great Republican fallacy of this election, that our economic problems are due not to Wall Street's gambling, but because too many Americans are lazy. But there are 16 million unemployed, and we only created 80,000 jobs last month. The problem isn't laziness, it's math.

But this is where the Republican Party is now.

In favor of people dying, because they don't have health insurance.

In favor of letting people go unfed if they won't work.

And if they want to work, but are Mexicans, in favor of putting up a fence that electrocutes them.

Even Scrooge is thinking, "Look, I hate the poor, but I'm not a fucking psychopath."

But that's where this party is. It simply has no bottom. Except Marcus Bachmann, he's a bottom.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Real Loser of Last Night's Debate (not Rick Perry)

I can't help but feel bad for Rick Perry. I've had a few moments where I'm talking in front of a large group of people, or a debate roundtable on television, or am invited to a radio show, and during a tirade it hits me... there are A LOT of people watching me. Unlike Rick Perry, I press through it and never once considered passing up a chance to be heard.

See, that's the thing about debates. You get better each time you practice. I guess blowing off all those debates all those years in Texas didn't do him any favors in the big league. I was one of those people who relentlessly teased him about ducking the rest of the debates. But even I had no idea how horrendously unprepared and god-awful he could be. He was right... he REALLY should have skipped the debates.

Romney again showed how lucky he is, by picking off candidates without ever firing a shot. His chief rivals, Cain and Perry, imploded in the same week. Ironically, up to the magic moment when Perry shot his foot off, he actually had the strongest performance to date. Romney gave a relatively weak performance, messing up answers on the auto bailout and again being incoherent on his signature accomplishment... the individual mandate. But again, the stars aligned and Rick Perry saved him by being the focus of attention for the next few days.

Romney came out the winner of last night's debate thanks to Rick.

Who is the BIG winner of last night's debate you ask?

Dan Quayle.

Before last night, he was the victim of the worst debate moment in history when Senator Lloyd Benson handed him his ass in the best verbal smackdown to date.

Now we have a new champion. Rick Perry.

But Perry's complete implosion over passionately shutting down a federal agency he can't even name which has, let's face it, ended his campaign for prez even if he won't admit it, is not the BIG loser of last night's debate.

Fact is, Perry was finished before the debate even started. All we are watching is the painful death of a candidacy that has been on life support two months ago. (But that first month, what a ride).

No, the Biggest Loser: TIM PAWLENTY

That's right.

He was the original "anti-Romney", and if we have learned anything by watching the GOP circus, the base HATES. THE. MITT. (The Establishment GOP, who has always seen the teabags as useful idiots, must be positively gleeful.)

But it didn't have to be. Up to the completely meaningless Iowa Straw Poll, Pawlenty
was overshadowed by "frontrunners" Bachmann and Paul. Paul was never gonna happen, and Bachmann quickly became the joke she already was. Perry stalled, and Cain imploded. Now Perry, whom some had hoped would get a second wind (who else did they have?) is now officially DOA.

The anti-romney coalition won't rally around an unelectable like Gingrich, and refuse to even consider the only adult in the room, Huntsman, because he isn't a pandering jackass.

If Tim Pawlenty was still in the race, HE WOULD BE THE FRONT RUNNER.

Which is why I find this so delicious.

Not too long ago, he admitted he regretted his decision:

"If we would have known then what we know now, would we have made some different decisions?" he replied. "Sure we would have, and I regret not making different decisions."

That he surrendered to Michelle Bachmann and Mitt Romney. His ONE and ONLY shot at this, and he blew it.

What an idiot. I can only imagine what is going through his head right now.

I give you the BIGGEST LOSER on the planet. Tim Pawlenty.

No, the honor of who will go on to be defeated by Obama will be as has been foretold. Mittens Romney.

Of course, if any of the GOP candidates win, then I will have to declare a new Biggest Loser... the American people.